Professional Legal Studies, AAS

The professional legal studies associate of applied science degree will provide students with a well-rounded education, including an emphasis in legal training that affords the student a unique and valuable perspective upon entering various business professions in which knowledge of the law is essential.  The program consists of a major core of legal courses to include legal research, contracts, torts, civil procedure, and business law. An introduction to legal principles, and an internship or independent study round out the major core legal courses required of this program. Students will develop the ability to communicate clearly, systematically, and logically and also to utilize valuable critical thinking skills during the communication process. This program will train students for employment in a number of professional areas in which a basic understanding of the law and legal principles are beneficial.

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Professional Legal Studies also offers areas of study in Human Resource Management, Entrepreneurial, Management, and Supply Chain Management. An area of study is a grouping of electives that focus on particular interests and career paths.  

Area of Study – Human Resource Management

Major Core:

Support Core:

  • MT1050 Introduction to Business  
  • MT2050 Principles of Management 
  • MT3050 Human Resource Management 

Area of Study – Entrepreneurial

Major Core:

Support Core:

  • MT1050 Introduction to Business   
  • MT2050 Principles of Management 
  • MT3550 Entrepreneurship and Small Business

Area of Study – Management

Major Core: 

Support Core: 

  • MT1050 Introduction to Business   
  • MT2050 Principles of Management 
  • AC2760 Accounting for Managers

Area of Study – Supply Chain Management

Major Core: 

Support Core: 

  • MT1050 Introduction to Business   
  • MT2050 Principles of Management 
  • OM1000D Introduction to Business Logistics

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will:

  • Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of substantive and procedural law.
  • Analyze issues using legal research methodology.
  • Communicate effectively through speaking and writing.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills.
  • Apply legal theories to relevant facts.

Professional Legal Studies: Associate of Applied Science Requirements

90.5 Credits

Professional Legal Studies Major Core (38)

LA1150Legal Research I

4.5

LA3100Business Law I

4.5

PL1100/LA1100Introduction to Legal Principles

4.5

PL2050Torts

4.5

PL3500Introduction to Contracts

4.5

PL2150Civil Procedure

4.5

PLElectives

9

 

PL4150Practical Legal Investigation

4.5

OR

PL2800Topics in Paralegal Studies

2

All courses above in the Professional Legal Studies major core require a minimum "C" grade.

Open Electives (13.5)

Elective

13.5

General Education Core (39)

Communications

EN1150Composition I

4.5

Science

SCScience Elective

4.5

Humanities

HUHumanities Elective

4.5

Communications

EN1300Composition II

4.5

 

EN2100Speech

4.5

OR

EN2150Interpersonal Professional Communication

4.5

Mathematics

MA2000Quantitative Reasoning

4.5

General Education

CS1201Juggling College, Life, and Career: Set Up for Success!

5

OR

CS1203Bridge to Success: Creating Your Future at NAU

5

 

CS1301Do the Numbers! Achieving College and Career Success

5

CS2086Career Path Planning

2

Graduation Requirements: A minimum 2.0 GPA is required overall and in the Professional Legal Studies Major Core. See the "Graduation Requirements" section of the catalog for additional requirements.

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